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MF MD HG Exclusives 09-19-14

Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass  

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Overview
  • Acoustic-electric bass
  • Select spruce top
  • 34" scale
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $375.00
  • Your Savings:
    - $145.01
  • Your Price:
    $22999

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A phenomenal value on a sweet-toned, easy-playing bass!

The Dean Cutaway EAB 5-String Bass Guitar is a full-sized instrument with 34" scale that produces a deeper, fuller tone than bass guitars costing much more. Select spruce top; mahogany back, sides, and neck; rosewood fingerboard; and die-cast chrome tuners. Cosmetic touches include an abalone soundhole inlay and multi-ply binding.

Case sold separately.

Features
  • Acoustic-electric bass
  • Select spruce top
  • 34" scale
  • 1-5/8" nut width
  • Chrome die-cast tuners
  • Dean preamp
  • Mahogany back, sides and neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Abalone soundhole inlay

The Dean Bass is easy to own and easy to play. Order now with the assurance of our dual guarantees.

 
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DeanEABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass
 
3.6

(based on 25 reviews)

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An incredible value

A lot of reviews mention the insane amount of fret buzz of the bass. I have experienced the same thing upon receiving mine. This is the bad side of the bass: it has...Read complete review

A lot of reviews mention the insane amount of fret buzz of the bass. I have experienced the same thing upon receiving mine. This is the bad side of the bass: it has a completely wrong factory setup. However, the instrument itself is amazing. There are two things to usually do for the bass to sound good: change the strings, and sometimes give some height to the bridge. Elevating the bridge piece by 1 - 1.5mm will take care of fret buzz on the factory strings. The fact is, however, that they are incredibly zingy. More than d'Addario's bright nickel wounds. Replacing the strings with low-gauge, warmer ones did wonders. I'm posting this review after 2 years of regularly playing with it, and last week a bassist playing a fretless acoustic Godin asked me what my amazing sounding bass was. Maybe I got a good one among average-sounding basses, but I'm under the impression that they are basses with excellent potential, and a very bad factory setup.Another thing to consider is the size. This bass is huge. People expecting an acoustic bass to have the size of a guitar do not take sonic power into account. This bass, contrary to most of those I tried, has the right volume to jam with an acoustic guitar. The Firefly could play loud enough too, but that's about it for the basses I tried.

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bad outweighs good

I saw a few mentions about fret buzz on this bass, but it honestly wasn't a problem for me. What was a problem was the huge, HUGE size of this thing that made...Read complete review

I saw a few mentions about fret buzz on this bass, but it honestly wasn't a problem for me. What was a problem was the huge, HUGE size of this thing that made it difficult to comfortably hold, misaligned strings on the fretboard, muddy B string sound, lack of a top strap peg and the awful sound you get when plugging it in (I ran it through a bass POD and had to crank the drive, compression and volume and it was still too quiet). Min even had a chunk missing from the tail bridge. The E A D & G strings however sound great, very clear, bright and loud thanks to the sturdy neck & full 34" scale. If you're only concerned with a clean acoustic 4 string sound, go for it - otherwise, keep in mind this is an instrument that carries a few compromises.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pros and cons...

By Lurch1977

from Ohio

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Construction

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    Amazing acoustic for the money, but be prepared to put some work in! The strings will need changed ASAP, the frets need filing (primarily edges for comfort) and the truss rod will need adjusting. I put on some custom D'Addario's (I run a low tuning, so I have phosphor bronze 50-135 bought individually at the local Guitar Center, but standard tuning would work well with the .045-.130 set) and filed down the edges at a rounded 45 degree angle. The truss rod is another issue. If you aren't comfortable tweaking then hit your local guitar shop, because this is going to take some cranking!!!

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Fine for the price

    By SomeDude

    from Midlo IL

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Inexpensive

    Cons

    • Poor Hand Finish

    Best Uses

    • Jamming

    Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    I'll start by saying that its a fine bass and its built solid but the fact that its a cheaply made version of the nicer exoctic wood Deans is noticeable right away. The frets were SHARP! After a small amount of playing my index finger was like sandpaper, The finish on the neck was very rough. not even close to levle but nothing sandpaper didnt fix. The "stain" on the neck is really brown clearcoat over the clear sealer on the wood. After a fret dress and a lil sanding on the neck its smoth as silk.

    One thing i found odd was it shipped with electric strings insted of phosphor bronze strings, i plan to switch anyways but my four string Dean exoctica came with proper acoustic strings.

    All in all this is well worth the money even if its a bit rough around the edges.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice Sounding 5 string !!!

    By Folksey

    from Zanesville, Ohio

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    Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    This is a great playing and sounding acoustic 5 string bass! The size is perfect for carrying those low tones . The electronics section could really use a boost, I suggest using a nice preamp if you decide to amplify but it's best played just as it is designed.... ACOUSTICALLY. I've read some reviews about having fret buzz, but I have no issues, because mine doesn't ! Also the fret tapered ends are a little rough and could use a little filing. I recommend this bass to anyone looking for that great acoustic 5 string bass sound !

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Fun to have

    By Thomas Berak

    from Seattle

    Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    I mostly play guitar, so I bought this bass guitar about two years ago just to have it, and to mess around with it. That is about all it is good for. I wouldn't recommend this to a gigging or recording musician, but if you want an affordable bass guitar to experiment with (either cosmetically, with upgrades, or musically) this is a good one to get. I've tried plugging it into an 8-track recorder to add a bass line to a few songs, and the result wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great either. Overall, considering the price and the fun one can have with it, it's a good buy.
    The electronics aren't that great.
    It looks nice and sounds good unplugged. It doesn't feel cheap.
    It's very affordable!

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Disappointing

    By schecterlover

    from Oregon

    Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    When I say "I own it" that's in the past tense because I returned it. Why? I read some negative and semipositive reviews about this bass, but still decided to try it for the price and amount of use I would give it. After recieving it, I realized that many negative reviewers were right about the poor,weak preamp. That in itself is not a deal breaker, but add in very unbalanced output between strings, noisy, and the fact that it just generally did not perform well within our system was enough to send it back.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Don't do it...

    By DanTheMan-ceqM6

    from San Diego

    Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    I bought one of these last year with fairly low expectations from a cheap bass. It didn't even meet my low expectations. I had to return it the same night because the neck had twist in it that made it unplayable. GS gave me a new one out of the box. It was a little buzzy but I managed to start playing. Four months later the neck now has a reverse bow in it that can't be flattened by adjusting the truss rod. Dean wants me to send it back to the factory for warranty. What a pain. This bass is huge, poor sounding, and the neck design is just plain crappy. I regret buying it.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    bad outweighs good

    By That Guy From That Place

    from Pingree Grove

    Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    I saw a few mentions about fret buzz on this bass, but it honestly wasn't a problem for me. What was a problem was the huge, HUGE size of this thing that made it difficult to comfortably hold, misaligned strings on the fretboard, muddy B string sound, lack of a top strap peg and the awful sound you get when plugging it in (I ran it through a bass POD and had to crank the drive, compression and volume and it was still too quiet). Min even had a chunk missing from the tail bridge. The E A D & G strings however sound great, very clear, bright and loud thanks to the sturdy neck & full 34" scale. If you're only concerned with a clean acoustic 4 string sound, go for it - otherwise, keep in mind this is an instrument that carries a few compromises.

    Comment on this review

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    An incredible value

    By L-A Labadie

    from Quebec, Canada

    Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    A lot of reviews mention the insane amount of fret buzz of the bass. I have experienced the same thing upon receiving mine. This is the bad side of the bass: it has a completely wrong factory setup. However, the instrument itself is amazing. There are two things to usually do for the bass to sound good: change the strings, and sometimes give some height to the bridge. Elevating the bridge piece by 1 - 1.5mm will take care of fret buzz on the factory strings. The fact is, however, that they are incredibly zingy. More than d'Addario's bright nickel wounds. Replacing the strings with low-gauge, warmer ones did wonders. I'm posting this review after 2 years of regularly playing with it, and last week a bassist playing a fretless acoustic Godin asked me what my amazing sounding bass was. Maybe I got a good one among average-sounding basses, but I'm under the impression that they are basses with excellent potential, and a very bad factory setup.Another thing to consider is the size. This bass is huge. People expecting an acoustic bass to have the size of a guitar do not take sonic power into account. This bass, contrary to most of those I tried, has the right volume to jam with an acoustic guitar. The Firefly could play loud enough too, but that's about it for the basses I tried.

    Comment on this review

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Bass Unplugged Value

    By Marc-OpWnu

    from Brooklyn, NY

    Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    I wanted to buy a bass guitar that I didn't have to plug in, yet I have never really been impressed with acoustic flat-top basses (not very loud unplugged.) I picked the Dean, because it looked beautiful and had a bigger body for better tone. Smart choice. I didn't have the setup problems others have had, so I'm lucky. Fairly loud, gets the job done, and is extremely fun to play. Only downside? The electronics aren't too good, but eh. I have my trusty Fender Jazz to plug in if I wanna play amplified. I'm very happy with this bass.

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Poor factory setup. Weak neck

    By jemason

    from Oregon

    Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    I have had this bass for over a year. Lots of fret buzzzzzz. Finally got it back from the luthier today. It sounds a lot better. Hope the warp in the neck will stay away so I can enjoy its good tone.

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